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Carlos A. Vera

Carlos A. Vera concentrates his practice in professional liability and business litigation, focusing on legal malpractice matters and commercial litigation disputes. Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, Mr. Vera worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County. During his time there, he gained trial experience as he prosecuted over 200 bench trials and seven   Continue Reading »

Caroline K. Vickrey

Caroline K. Vickrey concentrates her practice on health care law, as well as employment. Ms. Vickrey practiced commercial and municipal civil rights litigation at Hefter & Radke following law school, and later at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where she worked in the Labor & Employment Division. During a hiatus from the practice of law while   Continue Reading »

Patricia A. Ryan

Patricia A. Ryan focuses on insurance regulatory, transactional and risk management issues.  She is a former insurance company executive with extensive and diversified experience delivering legal counsel and practical business solutions to her clients.  Ms. Ryan represents clients in the financial services and insurance industries, including property and casualty insurers, captive insurers and reinsurers, producers,   Continue Reading »

Michael A. Sarafin

Michael A. Sarafin focuses his practice on health care and corporate law, with an emphasis on the defense of medical malpractice claims against hospitals, physicians and other health care providers.  Admitted to practice in Indiana and Illinois, Mr. Sarafin has tried cases throughout Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois.  Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, he   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell Raises Over $2400 for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ March for Kids Campaign

On Thursday, March 17, 2016, Johnson & Bell, Ltd. attorneys and staff took to the streets of downtown Chicago to raise money for Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ March for Kids campaign. Associate attorney, Katherine A. Twardak, who organized the effort, reports that our attorneys and staff stood on the corners of Dearborn and   Continue Reading »

Johnson & Bell’s Indiana Office Delivers the Goods in March Against Hunger Campaign

In the month of March, Johnson & Bell’s Indiana office participated in the Indiana Attorney General’s 8th Annual March Against Hunger campaign. Associate attorney, Michael J. Bolde, who organized the effort, reports that our Indiana office raised $1,875 in donations to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana through jean days and a chili cook-off. Our   Continue Reading »

Risk Management "Moment" -- Enhancing Guest Safety at Hotels

Several quick suggestions for improving guest safety at hotels. Premises Audit: Often referred to as a legal liability audit, these initiatives help hotels identify and address the risks they face on their properties. The audit can be performed by a hotel’s security team or a third party, but it needs to be conducted by an   Continue Reading »
Health Care

Beatty Wins Summary Judgment for Health Insurer

A Clark County, Illinois trial judge has granted a motion brought by Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Shareholder William G. Beatty for summary judgment on behalf of a health insurance company, finding that the pre-existing condition exclusion in the policy issued to the plaintiff applied to the plaintiff’s claim as a matter of law. The court determined,   Continue Reading »

Appellate Court Ruling Provides a Risk Management “Moment” on Duty to Defend

Artisan and Truckers Casualty Company repeatedly refused to defend its insured in a commercial trucking versus car accident.  It gambled and lost. As the Appellate Court ruling states, the outcome provides a warning for insurance companies who refuse to defend their insureds. The Appellate Court ruled that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of   Continue Reading »
Kevin G. Owens

Owens to Speak at Product Liability Seminar, Gateway to Product Safety

On April 22 and 23, 2015, shareholder Kevin G. Owens will be speaking at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) annual Product Safety & Compliance Seminar and Product Liability Seminar, Gateway to Product Safety, in St. Louis, MO.  On April 22, he will speak on Used Equipment – Compliant in All Markets with Craig Beymer   Continue Reading »
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